City Council approves more than $3 million for Spokane Police vehicle funding

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane City Council approved an ordinance in Monday’s meeting for funding allocations for Spokane Police vehicles.

The Special Budget Ordinance passed with a 7-0 vote.

“City Council has been leading the way in a historic transformation of the City’s public safety fleet to lower costs, increase performance and create a predictable replacement schedule,” said Council President Breean Beggs. “This purchase order and the Council’s police vehicle utilization study will increase service to the community for years to come.”

Due to a national vehicle shortage, supply chain delays and a restrictive annual vehicle ordering window, the ordinance approves $3,128,000 from the City’s General Fund of unallocated reserves to be used solely for the purchase and commissioning of up to 46 Ford K8 Hybrid or Ford Mach-E vehicles.

The ordinance is sponsored by Beggs, along with co-sponsors Council Member Kinnear and Council Member Bingle. There is an order fulfillment delay of 12 to 24 months, so the order replaces vehicles through 2023.

“The wait time for vehicles is not something we can control,” said Council Member Lori Kinnear. “We can be proactive, anticipate what we need, and order ahead. Council President Beggs and I have been advocating for years to get our police officers these vehicles that past administrations have been unable to deliver.”

“I am thankful that we are helping to equip the police with what they need,” said Council Member Jonathan Bingle. “This is one step of the many needed to ensure the safety of our community.”

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